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Operation toy pistol:Police swoop on Wild West theme party after guest is mistaken for gunman[UK]
Daily Mail ^ | 11 Feb 2009 | David Wilkes

Posted on 02/11/2009 8:29:30 AM PST by BGHater

The Wild West party for the Worthingtons' silver wedding anniversary was getting into full swing.

Guests dressed as cowboys were heading from the church where the couple had renewed their vows to a hoedown booked at the pub.

But the local lawmen headed them off at the pass.

Acting on a report that a gunman was on the loose, armed officers in four squad cars swooped while a police helicopter hovered overhead.

A passer-by had dialled 999 after mistaking the revellers for real-life gunslingers.

In fact, none of the 80-strong posse was carrying anything more deadly than a cap gun or a water pistol.

Although the misunderstanding did not stop the party going ahead as planned, Val Worthington accused the police of going 'over the top'.

She said she had warned officers well in advance of the party in Castle Donington, Leicestershire.

'Because of the gun laws, I phoned them in November to tell them we were having this themed do,' said the 47-year-old mother of three. 'I didn't think any more about it.

'On the day about 80 people turned up in costume. Some were dressed as saloon girls, others Indians, Mexicans, all ready for a good party.

'We were walking from the church to the pub just before lunchtime when we noticed the helicopter. Then we saw the armed police by the pub.

'There were four police cars parked outside. An officer approached me and said they had had a report of someone walking around with a gun.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: gunman; guns; police; uk
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1 posted on 02/11/2009 8:29:31 AM PST by BGHater
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To: BGHater

Gawd. When I lived there they were always having line dancing parties as local town halls and working men clubs. People would show up in costumes, holsters.....the works! UK peeps haven’t seen pistols in years. Most shotguns are found in homes in the country. JMO

3 posted on 02/11/2009 8:34:52 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama dozed.....people froze.)
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To: orfannkyl
Even English cops now think it's normal to have Mexican whores parading through the streets.


4 posted on 02/11/2009 8:36:58 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: BGHater

The Brits are such pussies anymore. It’s hard to believe that the forebears of these pantywaisted chickens**ts actually ruled half the world just a few generations ago.

5 posted on 02/11/2009 8:44:40 AM PST by MahatmaGandu (Remember, remember, the twenty-sixth of November.)
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To: BGHater
Much better than what happened to this gentleman.
6 posted on 02/11/2009 10:01:08 AM PST by Ghengis
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